Wonder Girls Aims to Empower High School Girls in Rockland County
This inspiring, local nonprofit helps high school girls build strong foundations for their futures.
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Another huge benefit of the program is the exposure to new avenues, career options, and basic skills to which they may not have learned about yet. “As parents, sometimes we need help in this world guiding our children, and through this program I am able to expose my girls to all the different career paths and opportunities that exist, that I alone wouldn’t have been able to introduce them to,” explains Zervoudis, a parent of three teenagers. The girls don’t have to decide their exact career path at this age, but the program offers opportunities to start thinking about where their passions and interests may lead them.
Empowering Teens to Give Back to the Community
In addition to after-school programs, Wonder Girls hosts monthly volunteer and service days that are open to the public, as well as offering virtual, interactive workshops online that welcome girls along with parents and educators. This past year the group partnered with other local nonprofits such as People to People Food Pantry, Meals-on-Wheels, Keep Rockland Beautiful, and The Center for Safety and Change. Maniscalco believes “it’s important to expose the girls to new opportunities where they learn how to work together and support each other.” While Zervoudis acknowledges the benefits of the girls being introduced to the community service aspect. “The girls leave feeling like they’ve made a difference, which boosts their confidence and makes them feel like they can do anything,” she says.